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Video Wed Nov 14 2012

TapiNG Under Pressure

"CookiNG Under Pressure," the new TV show from Chef Homaro Cantu and his partner at iNG, Trever Rose-Hamblin, made its debut yesterday. Cantu describes it as "'Restaurant Impossible' meets Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations.'" The show follows Cantu, Rose-Hamblin and the rest of the iNG staff as they develop a 10-course tasting menu based on the movie Nightmare Before Christmas.

The episode mixes reality show-style looks behind the scenes of a working restaurant with semi-improvised set pieces and overly long "foodporn" shots; one slow-motion scene of a gin-and-tonic foam snowman being blasted by a flamethrower goes on for nearly a full minute. The iNG team's creations largely bomb during the friends and family trial dinner, so it's back to the drawing board for some retooling. All's well in the end, and then Cantu and Rose-Hamblin indulge in a Blair Witch-esque visit to a forest preserve...

Stay tuned for future episodes, which will follow the crew through the menu overhaul they perform every six weeks. Watch Facebook for updates

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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